Stadium: Mordovia Arena
TV: BBC Four
Portugal only need a draw versus Iran to reach the World Cup knockout rounds but are fancied to make sure with a win in Saransk.
The Euro 2016 champions can expect to come up against physical and sometimes cynical tactics, but have the experience to cope.
Our first Iran vs Portugal prediction is for the Navigators to prevail without conceding a goal at 27/20.
A Look At Iran’s Betting Odds
Iran were expected to be outclassed in this tough pool but have performed with great credit, beating Morocco 1-0 and then only going down by the same scoreline against Spain.
Team Melli had a potential equaliser ruled out for offside versus La Roja and almost levelled late on when Mehdi Taremi headed over.
Head coach Carlos Queiroz said: “We showed tremendous fighting spirit against a favourite to win the World Cup.
“There is no doubt Spain play wonderful, stylish football, but I thought we deserved a better result.
“We came to this World Cup and nobody gave us a chance but we can still qualify for the second round and I think that is something we should applaud.”
However, Iran only had 30 per cent of the possession against Spain and just 36 per cent versus Morocco, so they do have obvious limitations.
A Look At Portugal’s Betting Odds
Portugal have been far from convincing in general play so far, but Cristiano Ronaldo has carried them to the brink of reaching the last 16.
The Real Madrid ace hit a hat-trick in the 3-3 draw with Spain and then headed his side in front after just four minutes versus Morocco.
The Navigators then rode their luck, being put under strong pressure at set-pieces, but held on to shade a 1-0 verdict.
Portugal coach Fernando Santos admitted there were signs of “some anxiety” in the second game but paid tribute to star man Ronaldo.
“He’s like a port wine, he knows how to age well,” said Santos. “He’s constantly evolving. He’s not doing what he was three or four years ago.”
Team Melli are rated a level below Morocco in terms of overall quality, so we’re taking 6/1 for 2-0 this time to complete our Iran vs Portugal betting tips.
IRAN 0-1 Spain
PORTUGAL 1-0 Morocco – Ronaldo
Head-to-head: Portugal 2-0 Iran, Portugal 3-0 Iran
Group B Standings